Heavy Equipment Operator Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applicant with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate.

At Zippia, we went through over 59,610 Heavy Equipment Operator resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Four Key Resume Tips For Landing a Heavy Equipment Operator Job:

Relevant Experience
Make sure that the jobs, experience, and accolades that you do include are relevant to the position you’re applying for.
The Right Skills
This is a great time to run wild with those keywords found in the job description. If they’re looking for someone with Dozer, be sure to list it as a skill.
Your Unique Qualities
Recruiters and hiring managers are looking at hundreds of resumes. Let yours stand out, and try not to sound too boring.
Strong Content
If you’ve had a lot of jobs, this shouldn’t necessarily be a list of all of them. This is a document designed to market you to a potential employer, so choose the strongest content.

How To Write a Heavy Equipment Operator Resume

Contact Information
First things first — employers only spend about six seconds looking at resumes before they decide to keep them or throw them away, so you should definitely let them know whose it is.
Commute and relocation are things that employers take into consideration when sifting through candidates, so provide your current address in your resume header so that employers have an idea of where you are in relation to their office.
LinkedIn Profile
If you feel that a link to your social media profile could further your standing as a candidate, go ahead and include it. This doesn’t mean you should throw in a link to your hilarious Twitter profile, but instead provide your LinkedIn profile.
Professional Summary (Objective)
Career objective statements are one of the most overlooked pieces of otherwise stellar resumes. It’s not that every Heavy Equipment Operator CV out there needs one — it’s just that the ones that really do need them typically never think to include them.
The goal of this section is simple: to summarize the resume in a few short sentences. Through your resume summary you enable employers to quickly learn whether you are a good match for the job. Here are a few things to keep in mind when writing a professional summary:
Keep it short: it should be 4 sentences max
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements

Not sure which skills are really important?

3 Big Tips For Listing Skills On Your Resume
Make sure to only include your hard skills on your resume. In addition, include the most in-demand heavy equipment operator skills. Below we have listed the top skills for a heavy equipment operator : The more keywords your resume can “match,” the more likely it is that your resume will be selected for review by human eyes.
Top Skills for a Heavy Equipment Operator
Source: Zippia.com
Dozer, 16%
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Here are a few key points of to keep in mind while writing your skills section:
Include between 6 to 12 skills
Make sure to only include hard skills
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements
We compared 59,610 resume examples and job offers and found that the average experience required for a heavy equipment operator job required by employers is 1.0 years.
How much work experience do employers want to see?
The average heavy equipment operator job listing asks for 1.0 years of work experience.
How much work experience does the average heavy equipment operator candidate have?
The average heavy equipment operator resume contains 4.0 years of work experience.
Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your heavy equipment operator skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from heavy equipment operator resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:
Finisher Operator

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Heavy Equipment Operator
High School Diploma
High School Diploma
  • Trained in clean room protocol, FDA regulations, and CFRs.
  • Inspected IV bags for quality Loaded IV bags for shipping Practiced PPE and GMP'S daily
  • Maintain knowledge base of OSHA, NFPA, UL, and NEC codes.
  • Operated machine to make IV bags, loaded plastic film, pulled dies and slugs for setup and cleared jams.
  • Operated maintenance and troubleshooting all the Utilities Systems in Smith Kline Beecham site.
Dozer Operator

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Heavy Equipment Operator
High School Diploma
High School Diploma
  • Mixed and pump fluids during each state of frac job.
  • Maintained frac pumps, and drove them to locations
  • Transport and operate large frac pumps at various gas well locations.
  • Drive, and maintain frac equipment.
  • Obtained a Commercial Drivers License (CDL), along with Hazmat and Airbrake Endorsements.
Heavy Equipment Operator

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Heavy Equipment Operator
High School Diploma
High School Diploma
  • Load and unload trucks, sort, dump, fortlift, and bobcat
  • Inspect Equipment, Maintain Osha standards.
  • Maintain automated bailers, front-end loaders, bobcats, and forklifts to transport bind paper.
  • Function in roles that intake, distribute, and sort incoming materials within the recycling facility.
  • Certified with clamp/forklift, front-end loader, excavator, and bobcat.
Heavy Equipment Operator

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Heavy Equipment Operator
High School Diploma
High School Diploma
  • Operate Fracturing Equipment such as Sand Movers , Frac Pumps, and Hydration Unit.
  • Worked on a Fracturing crew.
  • Transferred to Williston, ND* Accomplishments Got CDL, Learned to drive a truck and learned frac.
  • Have full knowledge of "Frac" operation and ability to run all equipment during job.
  • Analyze fluid sand and chemicals to assure they meet the customer's specifications.
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As a heavy equipment operator, you may wonder exactly how your education section should look. Heavy Equipment Operator roles often require a High School Diploma degree or higher, so the majority of heavy equipment operator resumes that we looked at contained a high school diploma degree.
As shown above, the Education section can be very brief. However make sure to include the following:
The name of the school you attended
The year you attended
Your major
Your GPA
The level of education you attained

Heavy Equipment Operator Salary

Did your resume land you an interview? Be prepared to talk salary.

How To Answer "What Are Your Salary Requirements"

When you are ready to send your resume to employers, it's important to be aware of the current market conditions for Heavy Equipment Operators. Salary can vary based on factors such as location, company, and industry. Check out our detailed salary information for Heavy Equipment Operators to learn more.

Average Employee Salary
Min 10%
Median 50%
Max 90%